Dims: 0.8" x 0.4" x 0.4"(2.0 x 1.0 x 1.0 cm)
Wt: 3.5 g
Aracuai, Minas Gerais, Brazil
This particular Elbaite crystal is bi-colored, but seems to have 3 or 4 definable colors in it. It is colored a moderate pink at its base, and fades to a thin transitional yellow before changing to a bright green color. This bright green almost instantly deepens to the darker, blue-green coloration that takes up about half of the crystal. The only damage that I see is due to natural wear on the crystal that occurred before it was separated from its place of origin. Its prism faces are quite striated, and the entire crystal has a vitreous luster and is transparent, though heavily internally fractured. It is in the form of a hexagonal prism with a shallow trigonal pyramidal termination, which is quite common for Elbaite, but there is an anomaly; a round hole about 2 mm in diameter penetrates the crystal from its termination. This round hole is about 0.2"(5 mm) deep.